It might be one of the least studied HSC subjects, but for Lake Illawarra High School students Nikitah Wilson and Hannah Kay, it’s one of the best.
The 17-year-olds are two of just 376 students across the state who sat their Aboriginal studies exam yesterday.
Hannah did not expect the subject to become her favourite, but within weeks of beginning year 11, it got under her skin as she developed a particular interest in health and education.
‘‘It gives us a lot of opportunities and advantages because we learn about Australia’s true history. I was very curious, and as soon as I chose it I was very interested,’’ she said.
‘‘When I started the course I just fell in love with it.’’
Hannah now plans to turn her passion for the subject into a career, and to study from next year to be an Aboriginal studies teacher.
Both teenagers thought it was an important subject for all students to do.
‘‘Considering they [Aborigines] are the traditional custodians of the land, I think it should be required on the syllabus – it shouldn’t be a choice,’’ Hannah said.
Nikitah, who wants to study community services at TAFE with the hope of becoming a corrections officer, said she had learnt more about the Aboriginal culture and how racism had affected indigenous people.
‘‘It makes you realise how bad the history really was,’’ she said.
They were pleased with the three-hour exam, which included multiple-choice questions, short answers and essays on topics such as social justice and land rights.
There were no real surprises, said Hannah and Nikitah, because they had done several practice papers in preparation.
Aboriginal studies teacher Anne Sheridan said she thought the questions in the exam were good, despite some tricky wording.
‘‘But I thought it was all very fair,’’ Ms Sheridan said.
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